I do have a question, but before I ask I'll say that I've been a long time reader and always love your advice and insight. Keep it up, and I hope all your own pursuits are going well. Maybe I've failed to check somewhere obvious, but do you blog about your own training and diet etc.?
To the point... water retention.
I think it's ruining my physique and mindset, and always makes me want to go on a cut. I don't think I'm fat, and if I ask my brother (who I train with everyday) if he agrees, he looks at me like I'm crazy.
For the past three weeks, I've been weighing and testing my bodyfat on my Omron scales when I wake up, and the numbers average out at 79.4kg, 15% fat. I'm quite sure I've found my maintenance calories (3100-3200) and macros as the averages for each week have been exactly the same and I'm always energised. For what it's worth, when I go to bed, my weight is around 81kg and fat around 12-13%. I don't know how accurate my scales are, but they seem to be consistent, so I mainly track the direction and magnitude of change in the numbers.
Too often my face feels puffy and my vascularity fluctuates wildly. I got my evening bodyfat down to around 8% (same scales used) last year, and yet I still wasn't consistently vascular and face puff was often a problem. One thing to note is that I do look slightly better when I am more active throughout the day, and especially after a workout (I can post photos if it'll be useful). Unfortunately, I am mostly sedentary apart from the 2 hours I spend in the gym each day.
Maybe I need more muscle? Probably. Definitely. I really want to focus purely on maximising strength and muscle, and plan to start your "Look like a bodybuilder, perform like an athlete" program on Monday. The design really appeals to me and I love to incorporate clean and snatch style movements. However, I think I might be hindering my progress by being to reserved with the calories.
In 2009, I weighed just under 100kg at 20-25% bodyfat, and my face looked horrendous - like I'd been stung by a bee. So unhealthy and bloated. I also had gut problems which were later diagnosed as Coeliac (Celiac in the US) disease, so maybe this is related.
I do have a few "cheat hours" at the weekend where I eat ice cream, popcorn, cookies etc., to curb the cravings, although I desperately want to kick this habit as I rarely enjoy the feeling afterwards!.
Also, this year has been the most stressful of my life, and I've never felt lower or more depressed at times, so maybe this is a factor too. Gym to the rescue though.
Pretty sure I partly answered my own question.
Trying not to ramble. Just trying to give as much relevant information as possible.
So, is this just "me"? Am I fatter than I think? Or is there something else I could do?
All the best.